CARSON, Calif. (AP) Juninho scored for the second time in two games, helping the Los Angeles Galaxy forge a 1-1 tie in their rain-soaked home opener against the New England Revolution on Sunday.
Juninho's goal in the 39th minute knotted the score after the Galaxy (1-0-1) had a pair of first-half goals called back.
Sharlie Joseph scored the lone goal less than three minutes in for the Revolution (0-0-1), who were playing their season opener.
The Galaxy finally broke through six minutes before the half after a string of unsuccessful chances. Revolution defender A.J. Soares sent a halfhearted clearance that Juninho intercepted steps outside the box, firing a perfectly placed shot to the upper corner of the goal that Matt Reis had little chance of stopping.
Los Angeles thought it had netted the game winner in stoppage time when Juan Pablo Angel finished a cross in front of the net, only to have it waved off by as he was ruled offside.
Joseph got the scoring started early to stun the fired-up Galaxy crowd. Following a deflect off a corner kick, Marko Perovic sent a cross from the right wing as Joseph rose above the defense and finished with a header past goalie Josh Saunders.
Despite the early letdown, the Galaxy were persistent on the attack, setting up a pair of potential that goals that were disallowed.
In the 16th minute, David Beckham sent in free kick that Reis bobbled in heavy traffic, sending the ball to the turf and allowing Juninho to tap it home. But referees ruled that Mike Magee had made contact with Reis and disallowed it.
Magee thought he had a goal of his own minutes later, but an offside call negated a second potential-tying goal.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Diego Fagundez scored two goals in the second half and the New England Revolution beat 10-man New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday.
New England (12-15-6) set a club record with 12 wins at home. NYC (16-9-8) had several possibilities to clinch a bye in the playoffs but needed at least a draw.
Fagundez opened the scoring in the 51st minute and made it 2-0 in the second minute of stoppage time with his sixth goal of the season. Andrew Farrell set up the first goal by dribbling into the area and finding Fagundez at the top of the box. It was his first goal since June 3. Fagundez's next goal was a tap-in after his breakaway shot was knocked back to him.
Khiry Shelton scored for NYC in the third minute of extra time by getting past the defense for a long ball and heading it in.
NYC's Jack Harrison was shown a straight red card in the 26th minute for a late challenge on Teal Bunbury. It was Harrison's first red card of his professional career and he'll miss the regular-season finale against Columbus Crew SC next weekend.
COUVA, Trinidad — The United States has been eliminated from World Cup contention, a shocking loss at Trinidad ending the Americans’ streak of seven straight appearances at soccer’s showcase.
Twenty-eight years after a stunning victory at Trinidad put the Americans back in the World Cup after a four-decade absence, their chances for next year’s tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela.
Trinidad and Tobago scored a pair of first-half goals, and the United States was eliminated with a 2-1 defeat Tuesday night — the first time missing the World Cup since 1986.
The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica left the Americans little margin for error.
The 28th-ranked Americans needed merely a tie against 99th-ranked Trinidad, which lost its sixth straight qualifier last week. But the defeat — coupled with Honduras’ come-from-behind 3-2 win over Mexico and Panama’s 2-1 victory over Costa Rica on Ramon Torres’ 88th-minute goal — dropped the Americans from third place into fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region.